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NATPE 2016 in Miami

New First Run Programming Options in Contention

Despite the majority of current first-run strips returning next season, the norm in syndication every season, there is no shortage of potential new first-run talk, game, court and reality series looking to land clearances for 2016. As we gather in Miami for the annual National Association of Program Executives (NATPE) conference, here are the new first-run projects in contention:


“Harry” (NBCUniversal) – hosted by Harry Connick Jr.
“Ice & Coco” (Warner Bros.) – hosted by Ice-T and wife Coco Austin – one hour (tested for three weeks on Fox-owned stations in 8 markets)
“So Me” (Trifecta) – focuses on social media and expected to be tested on the Fox O&Os next summer
“T.D. Jakes” (Tenga Media and Debmar-Mercury) – one hour (tested for four weeks on Tenga stations in Dallas, Atlanta and Minneapolis.
“Trending Funny” (Entertainment Studios)

“South of Wilshire” (TMZ Studios) – currently being tested for eight weeks
-“Super Store Sweep” (Raycom) – a revival of classic game show “Supermarket Sweep)”

“True Verdict with Judge Joe Brown” (Allied Media Partners)
“The Verdict with Judge Hatchett” (Entertainment Studios)

“The Security Brief with Paul Viollis” (Sinclair)

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. I bet half these shows end up not airing in DC. Lots of double, triple and quadruple run airing taking place here, especially on the Fox and MyNetwork affiliates, which are owned by the same company and share the same shows like TMZ at times.